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The story of Edgar Cayce's life is filled with examples of what this extra sense 

of communication is like. His ability to give readings in the sleep state could 
be labeled ESP because he somehow knew information that he had never 

studied, and he could see people and places and events without using his 

physical sight. While asleep, he could answer questions on any topic or he 
could give descriptions of the individual and his or her surroundings, even 

though Cayce was in Virginia Beach and the person receiving the reading 

might be in New York City. Because there are so many different types of 
extrasensory communication, researchers have broken down the term ESP 

into further categories to help explain what is taking place.

Telepathy is the ability to obtain information psychically by reading the mind 

of another person. For example, while Cayce was in Kentucky, he gave a 
reading for a man in New York (740-1). He saw the man smoking a cigar, 

heard him whistling a particular song, saw him meet with another man about a 

piece of property, and saw him look over three letters.

Finally, the sleeping Cayce heard the man telephone another gentleman and 

knew the gentleman's name. All of these events were later verified. Cayce 
was able to see with this extra sense everything the man in New York had 

experienced firsthand with his normal senses. In our own lives, one example 

of telepathy is when we suddenly start thinking about someone we haven't 
heard from in a long time and a short while later the phone rings and that 

person is on the line.

Another category of ESP is clairvoyance, the ability to "see" information that 

no one else has. For example, suppose you shuffled a deck of cards and 
placed them face down, then went through the deck and tried to name each 

card (or at least to tell its color). If your percentage of correct guesses was far 

beyond what would be expected by random chance, it would be an example 
of clairvoyance. You would not need to be 100 percent accurate to 

demonstrate clairvoyance, just statistically (and consistently) greater than 

random chance. On the other hand, if you tried the same experiment but had 
a friend look at each card and concentrate on it before you guessed, this 

would be an example of telepathy.

Looking at one instance from the Cayce readings (2826-1), we find the case 

of a person who was in Ohio while Cayce was in Virginia Beach. During the 
reading, Cayce correctly gave the person's body temperature. Now, if the 

attending doctor in Ohio had known the patient's temperature before Cayce's 

reading was given, then this would be an example of telepathy, since Cayce 
could have read the doctor's mind. But if the doctor hadn't known the 

temperature until after Cayce's psychic reading, it would be an example of 


A third category of ESP is precognition,Although some have called Cayce a 

"prophet," he himself made no such claims. In fact, in one reading, he 
described himself as a "lowly, weak, unworthy channel" (254-76). He rarely 

made any predictions about worldwide events, mostly because these kinds of 

predictions are subject to countless outside influences. For example, when

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